Maternal Child and Family Health

Students Attend an Important Day for the School at Erskine

Posted on Updated on

On Wednesday 31st January two of our Part 1 BSc Adult Nursing students from Paisley campus, Lesley Williams (pictured) and Stephanie Clark, attended the visit of Shona Robison (MSP), the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport to Erskine Home. The primary reason for her visit was to hear about some of the innovative nursing roles and approaches have been adopted at Erskine, including employing an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and their own Dementia Nurse Consultant.

Whilst visiting, the Cabinet Secretary took the opportunity to announce an overall increase of 10.8% in the number of student nurses and midwives across Scotland. Good news for us of course.

Both students had been on clinical placement in Erskine for their first practice learning experience of their studies so it was great that they were able to attend on the day of such an important announcement. Erskine welcomes student nurses in its four care homes throughout their training. Around 30 students per year are supported and mentored by our 80 registered nurses. so many thanks from all of us here at the School.


Launch of “Inside Outside” the Sex Industry in Scotland

Posted on Updated on

Inside Out_logo

North Lanarkshire’s Violence Against Women Working Group, South Lanarkshire’s Gender-Based Violence Partnership and the Encompass Network formally invite you to the launch of:

Inside Outside the Sex Industry in Scotland: A multimedia exhibition of art, photography, video and audio installations based on and featuring the voices and stories of women involved in prostitution in Scotland.

Powerful and hard-hitting, ‘Inside Outside’ offers a rare insight into the lives of women who have been involved in street prostitution, escorting, brothels and saunas in Scotland. Their stories describe their backgrounds, routes into their involvement in prostitution and for many, their struggles to leave. They also talk about their hopes and dreams for the future.



The exhibition will be on the Hamilton Campus, on the 6th and 7th March. and will be opened by Christina McKelvie MSP. on Tuesday 6th March 2018 between 10am – 12 Noon at the Caird Building, University of the West of Scotland, Almada Street, Hamilton, ML3 0JB

To attend the launch please RSVP no later than 23rd February 2019 to

The exhibition is the culmination of a project initiated by ENCOMPASS, a network of Scottish Agencies who work directly with those involved in the sex industry. We are delighted to hold this exhibition with our other Standing Safe Partners.

** Please note that some of the content in the exhibition deals with sexual violence, abuse and exploitation which some people may find upsetting**.

Congratulations to a Super Mum!

Posted on


She is not from our School, but we would like to congratulate her anyway. Well done, to  Jennifer Piggott a recent graduate of the School of Media, Culture and Society who has been highly commended for her volunteering work with Barnardo’s Scotland’s Nurture Services in Inverclyde, whilst studying here at UWS.

BSc Psychology graduate, and mum of five, Jennifer gave up her own time to act as a befriender for more than two years, working closely with a nine-year-old boy and mentoring a young mum. Jennifer said:

“I have absolutely loved volunteering with Barnardo’s. You can see for yourself that it can make a real difference. It is only sacrificing a few hours of your time. I think more people should do it. I learned so much about myself.”

Jennifer who graduated from the Paisley Campus in the summer of 2017 decided to go part-time from her full-time employment to allow her to undertake her degree.
She said:

“It was something I always wanted to do, work with children and young people. But I realised when I was doing the degree that there were no work placements so I looked about for volunteering opportunities and came across Barnardo’s.”

Jennifer was nominated for the Marsh Trust’s outstanding contribution to volunteering award and received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate.

Barnardo’s Nurture Services gives support to families in Inverclyde, providing a wide range of opportunities on-site and through outreach to promote family well-being. Children and families are at the core of service delivery, using a range of individual and group work at the service base, within the family home or in school. The service is currently recruiting volunteers to befriend children and young people, parent mentors and to support groups with children and families. For anyone interested in more information, contact Hannah Burns on 01475 728493 or email

“Class in a Bag” on Tour to Larkhall Academy!

Posted on

Yesterday (30th. of Jan. 2018) some of our  3rd year nursing students visited Larkhall Academy in South Lanarkshire, raising awareness about Dementia with their S2 pupils using our ‘Class in a Bag’ resource which was winner of the Best Educational Initiative category at Scotland’s Dementia Awards in 2017

Thanks to Larkhall Academy for the twitter post below, and the great pictures

“Some of our S2 pupils had the opportunity to work with Nursing students from UWS looking at “Dementia through the eyes of a child”. Pupils enjoyed this workshop while learning about this important topic, a huge thanks to @UWS for this!

To find out more about the resource click the link ‘class in a bag’

A Warm Welcome to Stephen Andrade; Learning Technologist.

Posted on

Stephen Andrade nkb14210

We are delighted to welcome our first permanent learning technologist to the School who will be helping us to design and develop innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that harness a range of digital technologies.

Stephen Andrade has worked in the Education sector for the last 14 years. He spent 11 years working for the Education Service at Glasgow City Council (GCC). During his time there, he worked in some interesting projects including GLOW, the Scottish school’s digital network; the IT Refresh project for all PC and mobile equipment for the 300+ Glasgow Schools and “Pedagogical Approaches of Mathematics”, a joint venture with 3 other local authorities. Near the end of his time at GCC, Stephen joined the Open University and completed a BSc Open Degree specialising in Computing and ICT.

From here, Stephen moved to the University of Strathclyde working with the MBA Unit within the Business School. He was a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Content Developer where he learnt about Moodle, our current VLE,  and implemented improved processes for Assessment, Grading and Feedback as well as mechanisms for peer assessment. During his time at Strathclyde, he took part in a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education which has allowed him to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Stephen has been at UWS for the last year, spending the first 6 months with Learning Innovation (now Education Futures) as an e-learning developer. He has since moved to our school as the Digital Learning Technologist and has worked on a number of projects including virtual reality in sensory processing; telephone triage; module re-design using the ABC learning design approach.

Keep up the good work Stephen!


Lanarkshire Memories

Posted on Updated on

In case you don’t know, the UWS Lanarkshire Campus is moving from it’s current site to a new State of the Art Campus in Hamilton Technology Park in advance of the next academic year commencing.

Since we are moving onto a new site, an initiative has been set up entitled ‘Lanarkshire Memories’ which has set about collecting, pictures, stories, historical achievements, awards, special visitor stories, graduation events and alumni stories related to our time here at ML3 0JB.

These memories are going to come with us to the New Campus in the form of a Digital Memory Wall.

Students will help support the commemorative project by creating a digital film/story about the history of the current Hamilton Campus, recognising the key events and milestones, with talking heads, pictures etc.

If you have anything that you can contribute, please send what you have, with an explanation of course, or contact the project at  to let us know what you have and we’ll get back in touch.

Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies Integreate Care Conference

Posted on

CummingsEBThe School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery have recently established a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies.

They are pleased to host their annual integrated care conference, The 5 C’s of Integrated Healthcare: Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, & Culture, taking place at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona, USA March 8-10, 2018.

Two members of staff from the School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery will be attending and presenting at this event.

This conference brings together students, educators, thought leaders, providers, and innovators to explore, discuss, and be inspired by innovations in the growing field of integrated care. The 2018 conference will explore 5 topics, Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, and Culture. Presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on each of these topics will be offered throughout the conference by experts, innovators, and disruptors making an impact in the integrated care and behavioural health arenas.

Benefits of Attending

  • Networking – Meet, converse, and connect with 50+ experts, educators, providers, students and innovators in the integrated care and behavioural health arenas
  • Ideas & Innovation- Discover new ideas, trends, innovations, and advancements in integrated care
  • Skills & Knowledge – Attend sessions on topics of interest to advance your understanding and skill set in Care, Collaboration, Cost, Community, and Culture
  • Resources – Gain access to materials and information from conference exhibitors and presenters to advance your performance
  • Perspectives – Listen and learn from the perspectives of a diverse community of integrated care and behavioural health professionals, experts, and educators from around the country and even abroad.

Registration is now open. Registered attendees are eligible to earn CEU’s at the conference. A maximum of 7.5 continuing education units are available.

Register early to save. Rates increase after 9th February 2018.

To learn more visit: